Oprah Winfrey’s Legends Ball was a three-day celebration honoring twenty-five African American women in art, entertainment and civil rights. The celebration included a luncheon, white-tie ball and gospel brunch. On May 22, 2006, a year after the celebration, a one-hour program about the weekend aired on ABC. It included celebrity interviews and behind-the-scenes moments.
The historic weekend began Friday with a private luncheon at Winfrey's Montecito home where the "legends" were greeted by the "young'uns" -- acclaimed stars, including Alicia Keys, Ashanti, Angela Bassett, Halle Berry, Mary J. Blige, Brandy, Naomi Campbell, Mariah Carey, Natalie Cole, Kimberly Elise, Missy Elliott, Tyra Banks, Iman, Janet Jackson, Diana Ross, Yolanda Adams, Tina Turner among others.
Throughout the weekend, the "young'uns" paid homage to the "legends" for their great contributions. World-renowned event planner Colin Cowie attended to every detail, and Grammy Award-winner John Legend performed his hit song, "Ordinary People.“ At the end of the luncheon, Winfrey surprised her guests with a parting gift -- diamond drop earrings.